The Savvy Emailer’s Guide to Ending Inbox Insanity

Last week we looked at a psychological phenomenon called decision fatigue and discussed how it can cause us to make poor choices or avoid making choices altogether. More specifically, we dove into how decision fatigue can freeze us when it comes to cleaning out our homes and our inboxes. (You can read that article here.)

Whether we’re talking about physical objects, digital information, or anything in between, decluttering is, at its core, the act of repeatedly deciding how to process our possessions. Because of this, it can be a mentally exhausting endeavor; but also because of this, we can apply a similar set of overarching practices for preventing and purging our messes, both online and off. Here’s how.

Email Etiquette: The 5 Rules You Need to Know Today


As mobile applications such as WhatsApp and iMessage take over our personal lives, we naturally start using memes, acronyms, and emoticons to communicate with friends and family. It’s totally fine sending messages like these to friends and family, but as most know, the workplace is an entirely different story.

Unlike personal emails or instant messaging, when you respond to work emails you’re representing the company you work for. Here we’ll highlight 5 common mistakes people make when sending out business-related emails.

1. Don’t use crayons

5 reasons SaneBox is better than Gmail Tabs, Google Inbox or Clutter

SaneBox Easy Email Management

Three months after we launched our beta in 2010, Gmail announced Priority Inbox, which does almost exactly what we do—prioritizes emails. That was a scary day for us: half of our beta customers left. Couple of weeks later most of them came back. Over the last few years Gmail and Microsoft have built products that compete with SaneBox and offered them for free, specifically Gmail Tabs, Gmail Inbox and Office 365 Clutter. Here’s why we’re still better than any of the free alternatives: